Shabir and Trinny on Summer Ailments

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Whether you’ve suffered with prickly heat as the temperatures soared or you continuously struggle with tired, heavy legs, the solution to your summer concern could have been discussed in Shabir and Trinny Woodall’s latest Facebook Live on the most common summer ailments. Read More…

Five Ways To Boost Your Wellbeing This Autumn

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While the usual rumours of an Indian summer are circulating and temperatures are still well into double figures, there is no denying that summer is over and autumn is on its way. It’s getting dark at 7.30 pm and the days are certainly feeling shorter. Here are five ways to keep your energy levels high and boost your health this autumn…

Boost your immune system

In August, the NHS released its draft guidelines recommending we opt for natural remedies to support our immune systems rather than relying on medication to ease sore throats and common colds. If you’re prone to getting ill as soon as the weather changes start taking Daily Immunity now. With astragalus to boost your white blood cells and garlic to help fight off fungi and bacteria, taking two Daily Immunity supplements a day helps to support your immune system and protect against infections.

Switch up your vitamin D for autumn

Studies have been highlighting the link between vitamin D and the immune system, bone health and chronic illnesses for years. Yet, many of us don’t get the recommended amount of vitamin D, especially during the winter months. Experts tend to recommend anywhere between 2000iu and 4000iu of vitamin D per day should be sufficient. 

While it is possible to get vitamin D through a healthy diet, it’s thought that most of us only achieve about 10 percent of the recommended amount via this way. Therefore, lots of experts recommend we supplement vitamin D from October through to March. Better You’s D Lux 1000 Spray and the 3000 Spray are two of the most efficient supplements to top-up your  levels.

Avoid too much red meat

You might have lived on salads over the summer, but now autumn has arrived it’s time to start introducing warm food into your diet. Don’t over-indulge in hearty hot meals that can be hard to digest though. Chinese Medicine expert and acupuncturist Dr Phoebus Tian recommends avoiding red meat, particularly steak and opting for seasonal vegetables to ensure you get all the correct nutrients required at this time of year.  

Take time out

September and October are always a flurry of activity and then before you know it, it’s Christmas. Taking time out to switch-off and relax can make a whole world of difference. If you don’t have time to take a long, hot bath with Magnesium Oil Original Flakes, enlist the help of Magnesium Sleep Lotion. The lightweight lotion boosts your magnesium levels and not only helps to relax sore, tight muscles, but can also help you to drift off.

And, if you want to go the extra mile, invest in de Mamiel’s Anchor. The soothing balm includes watermelon seed oil and passionflower oil, which both maximise your body’s ability to absorb magnesium and B vitamins.

But don’t give up on the gym

A new study carried out by the University of British Columbia has suggested that our brains could be pre-wired to prefer lazing on the sofa and as a result, we’re getting lazier. As the evenings get darker it can be tempting to put-off going to the gym, but plenty of research has proven that exercising releases endorphins and can help reduce high stress and anxiety levels.

If you’re brave enough this autumn, one study has suggested that taking a daily dip in cold water can help fend off depression and anxiety. Writer Tina Gaudoin, who has written about her struggles with autoimmune disease, wrote about how wild swimming has helped keep her worries in check.

How Much Sleep Should We Be Getting?

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Eight has always been deemed as the magic number when it comes to the amount of hours we’re supposed to sleep each night. Yet most experts cast the net wider and suggest anywhere between seven and nine hours will ensure you look and feel good. While some of us are lucky to get six hours of shut-eye a night during the week, earlier this year scientists revealed that you can catch up on lost sleep by pressing snooze at the weekend.

But, before you get carried away and whittle away your Saturday morning in bed, this week a new study revealed that you don’t need as much sleep as you think. According to new research presented at the ESC Congress, between six to eight hours of sleep is the healthiest amount necessary to ward off heart disease and strokes.

The study found that those who had less than six hours of sleep were 11% more likely to develop coronary issues, while those who got more than eight hours were 33% more likely.

Author of the study, Dr Fountas said: “Our findings suggest that too much or too little sleep may be bad for the heart. More research is needed to clarify exactly why, but we do know that sleep influences biological processes like glucose metabolism, blood pressure, and inflammation — all of which have an impact on cardiovascular disease.”

So, how can you ensure you get the right amount of sleep regularly? Here’s some helpful tips…

How can you get a better night’s sleep?

First and foremost, stop worrying about the amount of sleep you’re getting. The more you stress about it, the less likely you are to drift off. If you struggle to switch off and stop your mind from whirling, we recommend taking Magnolia Rhodiola Complex. It’s a natural remedy to help reduce anxiety and relax your mind.

Other tricks, such as keeping your bedroom cool and banning any digital devices at least an hour before you go to bed can also help. Upping your magnesium levels will also help. Despite being a key mineral, a lot of us are deficient in magnesium, which can affect our mood, energy levels and sleep patterns. The best way to absorb magnesium is by taking a bath with flakes. If you don’t have a bath, try Better You’s Magnesium Sleep Lotion and massage it into your feet before bed.

What are the best natural remedies for a good night’s sleep?

Shabir has written several pieces on Cherry Night by Viridian and regularly recommends it for the simple fact that it works. Cherries are a natural source of melatonin, the sleep hormone, and the lightly flavoured powder helps to top up your natural levels over time. You do need to persevere with this supplement though as it takes at least two weeks to feel the benefits.

If you prefer taking a capsule, try Sleep Tight by World Organic. It has a blend of magnesium, magnolia and tart cherries to help you relax, unwind and drift off. You just need to take two capsules an hour before bed.

What if you’re getting too much sleep?

When it comes to sleep the focus is often on not getting enough, but there are some people who feel like they can sleep forever and yet still wake up feeling groggy and tired. “This is often because you have too much cortisol, the stress hormone,” says Shabir. It’s worthwhile taking Magnolia Rhodiola, or looking into adaptogens, which help to reduce stress and boost your energy levels. “Moringa helps increase resistance to stress, whether this stressor is physical, chemical or biological,” says Shabir. “It also helps to bring the body back into balance no matter where the stress is coming from and it does not interfere with the body’s normal functions.”

Adding a couple of spoonfuls of Moringa Green Superleaf Powder to your morning juice or smoothie will help you feel a little more energised. And, you can sprinkle it on your salad or mix it into your soup to recharge throughout the day too.